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Over the last 50 seasons of the NFL,  from 1969 to 2019, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had only 3 Head Coaches

 

Chuck Noll (1969-1991)

Bill Cowher (1991-2006)

Mike Tomlin (2006-Present)

 

Without looking, how many HC's have the Buffalo Bills had, and name them.

 

 

 

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Only one: Sean McDermott. The process is so deep that it started 47 years before he got here. He’s that good. Can’t create a winning culture without a losing one first- 6d chess.

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That really is amazing. The Steelers have to be one of the best run organizations in sports. Credit to the Rooney family. Hopefully the Pegula's can build something similar in Buffalo.

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Not sure I will get them all but I will try - will skip interim ones for simplicity's sake:

 

Rauch, Saban, Ringo, Knox, Stephenson, Bullough, Levy, Philips, Williams, Mularkey, Jauron, Gailey, Marrone, Rex, McDermott

 

15?  Yikes

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All kidding aside, since I’ve bren a fan: 

 

Greggo 

Mularky and Baloney, attorneys at law

Dicky J. 

The dougie

Sexy Rexy

Sean and Friends. 

 

With a smackering of interim coaches including:

Perry the platypus

Lynn is a boys name

and Beaver Van Pelt (but was he- I can’t remember....)

 

 

 

either way, not great bob....

 

Wow. I forgot the ancient of Days, mr Gailey.

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I’ll guess.........Is it 327? 

 

It was just a guess, I didn’t have enough fingers and toes.

 

 

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33 minutes ago, Motorin' said:

Over the last 50 seasons of the NFL,  from 1969 to 2019, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had only 3 Head Coaches

 

Chuck Noll (1969-1991)

Bill Cowher (1991-2006)

Mike Tomlin (2006-Present)

 

Without looking, how many HC's have the Buffalo Bills had, and name them.

too many

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11 minutes ago, whatdrought said:

With a smackering of interim coaches including:

 

Wondering if you meant smattering, but then got curious if "smackering" was even a word.

 

I did find it used here: “Oh Piglet, I wouldn’t mind a little smackering of something, oh Owl, would you by chance have any honey?”

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16 minutes ago, freddyjj said:

Not sure I will get them all but I will try - will skip interim ones for simplicity's sake:

 

Rauch, Saban, Ringo, Knox, Stephenson, Bullough, Levy, Philips, Williams, Mularkey, Jauron, Gailey, Marrone, Rex, McDermott

 

15?  Yikes

I think you're missing one or two, even if you don't count the interims.  I think there was one between Rauch and Saban.

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I don't know anyone prior to Levy, so between Levy and McD, everyone else is a blur.  I pretend that those years never happened.  So my answer is 2

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46 minutes ago, Motorin' said:

Over the last 50 seasons of the NFL,  from 1969 to 2019, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had only 3 Head Coaches

 

Chuck Noll (1969-1991)

Bill Cowher (1991-2006)

Mike Tomlin (2006-Present)

 

Without looking, how many HC's have the Buffalo Bills had, and name them.

 

 

 

They gave up on Chuck Noll too soon IMO. 

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I could only count back as far as Knox. But including interims I have 14:

 

McDermott

Lynn

Ryan

Marrone

Gailey

Fewell

Jauron

Mularkey

Williams

Phillips

Levy

Bullough

Stephenson

Knox

 

Williams in blue as the first one I actually witnessed.

 

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The Steelers have had 10 years in the last 50 where they have had a losing record (let that sink in for just a second).  There were probably others where they did not meet expectation.  The Rooney's knew they had the right plan and culture.  They stuck with it after hiring Chuck Noll.  They are always in contention.  I would be very pleased if the Bills could have close to that sustained excellence.  McDermott and Beane are both young.  This could be a 15+ year partnership.

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28 minutes ago, mannc said:

I think you're missing one or two, even if you don't count the interims.  I think there was one between Rauch and Saban.

Correct - forgot the estimable Harvey Johnson, a Ralph Wilson lackey - coached  1971after Rauch left & before Saban's return in 1972

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I've always thought it's been pretty cool to see how Pittsburgh coaches have had such longevity. Like it or not, they've been one of the best run organizations in all of professional sports for a long time now.  And surely some other teams have had way more coaches than Buffalo during that time span. Without looking, I can only go back as far as when Levy replaced Stephenson, and then they went Wade Phillips, Gregg Williams (barf), Mike Mularkey (quitter), Dickie J, Perry Fewell, Uncle Chan, St. Douggie (quitter part deux!), Rexy (workin' 9 to noon!), Lynn, and The Clappinator. 

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48 minutes ago, BuffaloBillies said:

 

Wondering if you meant smattering, but then got curious if "smackering" was even a word.

 

I did find it used here: “Oh Piglet, I wouldn’t mind a little smackering of something, oh Owl, would you by chance have any honey?”

 

86.3% or my vocabulary comes from Whinnie the Pooh, so that’s probably what happened...

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This is troll thread if there there was one. Who doesn’t know the Steelers have had just 2 coaches since Knoll’s Team of the 70’s?

 

OP just tryin’ to rouse rabble. I got my 👀 on you, son.

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1 hour ago, Motorin' said:

Over the last 50 seasons of the NFL,  from 1969 to 2019, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had only 3 Head Coaches

 

Chuck Noll (1969-1991)

Bill Cowher (1991-2006)

Mike Tomlin (2006-Present)

 

Without looking, how many HC's have the Buffalo Bills had, and name them.

 

 

 

Only from when I started watching..

 

Levy

Phillips

Williams

Mularkey

Jauron

Gailey

Fewell

Marrone

Ryan

Lynn

McDermott

 

Is this right? I'd be impressed with myself if it is. 

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7 minutes ago, Chandler#81 said:

This is troll thread if there there was one. Who doesn’t know the Steelers have had just 2 coaches since Knoll’s Team of the 70’s?

 

OP just tryin’ to rouse rabble. I got my 👀 on you, son.

 

Of course I knew they've only had 3 coaches. It blew my mind that it's been 50 years. 

 

I'd love to see half of that organizational consistency for the bills over the next decade. 

 

 

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This makes me wonder....

 

ASSUMING you have at least a halfway decent coach and give him 10 years, will you experience some sustained success? Hell, Marvin Lewis took the Bengals to multiple playoffs, but never won. 

 

IMO Cowher was just OK. He was good, but not some sort of all-time great. Lindy Ruff was the same thing in hockey. Great motivator, fan favorite, but mediocre head coach. But the Sabres did have some success under him. 

 

Tomlin is a better coach, especially for today's players. Coaches used to get multiple losing seasons before they got fired. Now it's win in 2-3 years or you're gone.

 

There is a LOT to be said for having a system, drafting players for that system, and having some consistency in approach, methods, messaging.

 

I'd like to see McDermott be here for 10+ years. He's proven to be a great strategic coach, he can motivate players, and beyond that it comes down to talent IMO. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Motorin' said:

Head Coaches in the last 5 years: Buffalo vs Pittsburgh

 

 

3 for us as well....;)

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3 hours ago, Greg S said:

That really is amazing. The Steelers have to be one of the best run organizations in sports. Credit to the Rooney family. Hopefully the Pegula's can build something similar in Buffalo.

 

around 5 bad seasons since 1973?

 

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starts with ownership Pittsburgh has had good ownership, patient stuck with Noll who started 1-13. 5-9, 6-8 in todays football he's gone

also had a four year stretch of 28-37 but had the super bowl teams under the belt by then.

Cowher had a three year run of no playoffs   7-9, 6-10, 9-7 no one freaked out

Tomlin has been a model of consistency  10-6 typicaly couple 11-5 couple 9-7 

although Cleveland has won 5 or few games 9 of the 12 years nice has 2 freebies year in and year out

substitute new england for cleveland and those 10-6's are now 9-7  the 9-7 are now 7-8 and the 8-8 are 6-10's just switching out one team

Jealous? yes

 

starts with ownership Buffalo has poor ownership, and while Ralph was possibly "the" key to the AFL surviving and ultimately the merger and deserves to be in the HOF. A very generous man who Buffalo owes a lot too as a city. But....

as an owner he was over all brutal,  always last on coaches salaries not only for head coaches but all the assistants last in money invested into scouting. Always too involved hey i own the team- Rooney's never felt the need to do that- poor choices for head coaches and always meddling

Since Pegula's ownership you can't fault him for Marrone as he inherited him, nor him leaving under a ridiculous contract clause from Russ

Made a poor choice with Rex who was only making a money grab...but has hit a homerun with McDermott and Beane  

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